|April 05, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||R||H||E|
|Win: Benge (1-0)||1.0||3||3||3||1||1|
|Loss: Krapf (0-3)||3.1||3||4||3||3||2|
|April 05, 2017||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Win: Hoffard (2-4)||7.0||7||4||4||3||3|
|Loss: Hadden (0-4)||4.2||10||8||4||3||2|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Baseball Field) -- The Bemidji State University baseball program split its Wednesday doubleheader against Northern State with a 7-5 win in game one followed by an 8-4 loss in game two from BSU Baseball Field in Bemidji, Minn. Senior pitcher Luke Benge earned his first win of the season while junior Connor McNallan picked up his first save in the game one win.
Senior Matt Mastantuono put up the first of his two RBIs in the game during the second inning, driving in senior Collin Eckman to give BSU a 1-0 lead. The Beavers extended their lead to 6-1 in the fourth inning as three batters earned RBIs, including a two-RBI double by junior Scott Litchy down the right field line. Northern State drove in three runs on five singles to cut BSU’s lead down to 6-4. Senior Mason Bellew drove in his second RBI of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to left center for the Beavers’ final run of the game.
BSU pitcher Luke Benge (1-0) was credited with the win after throwing 1.0 inning with three earned runs allowed on three hits. Connor McNallan earned his first save of the season after finishing the final 2.2 innings with one earned run allowed on five hits. Wolves starter Sam Krapf (0-3) took the loss after pitching 3.1 innings with three earned runs allowed on three hits and three walks.
Two errors in the top of the first inning of game two set up the Wolves to score three unearned runs and take the lead early. Litchy notched his sixth home run of the season with senior Ben Boser on second to cut BSU’s deficit to 3-2. The Wolves added one run in the third and four in the fifth to go up 8-2 before BSU cut into the deficit in the seventh. Boser knocked a two-RBI single to left field to drive in junior Kai Haake and Bellew to cut the NSU lead to 8-4.
BSU starting pitcher Terry Hadden (0-4) took the loss with 4.2 innings pitched and four earned runs allowed on 10 hits and three walks. NSU starter Nick Hoffard (2-4) earned the win after going 7.0 innings with four earned runs allowed on seven hits with three strikeouts.
Bemidji State takes its bye week Saturday and Sunday while resuming to action Tuesday, April 11 with a doubleheader against University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers and Golden Eagles throw first pitch at 2 p.m. from BSU Baseball Field in the finale of BSU’s 10-game home stand.
Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).